Your accommodation on the Banks Peninsula Track is renowned for its individuality, comfort and great locations, and for the extra touches that add a dash of luxury to the 'hiking', 'trekking', or 'tramping' experience.
Each of the four huts of the Banks Peninsula Track are completely different, ranging from the purpose built lodge at Onuku and colonial cottages of Stony Bay through to the old farm cottage at Flea Bay and original farm homestead at Otanerito.
View the individual accommodations in the panels below.
This first night for all walkers is in two purpose built lodges with panoramic views over Akaroa Harbour
The larger, for 4 day walkers, has 2 x 4 bunk bedrooms and a spacious 4 bed loft.
There is a well equipped kitchen/dining room. Gas stoves and water, solar powered lighting. Log burner.
The smaller chalet, for two day walkers, has a kitchen/dining room and 2 bedrooms.
Or you may choose, for fun, to sleep in one of the 'stargazers' where you can lie in your bed and see the stars.
This charming 160 yr old pioneer cottage is the second night for walkers on the four day walk, and a midday stop on the two day walk.
Set just 200m back from the safe swimming beach and with verandah views of the bay and Pohatu marine reserve
Electric stove, lights, hot water, shower. Log burner, flush toilets, lots of room. Piano. Gas barbecue.
The cottage is sited within the boundaries of the largest mainland colony of Little Penguin in NZ. Penguins may be heard calling from surrounding hillsides especially in October.
At the mid-point of your walk, the third night for four day walkers and second night for two day walkers is a delightful collection of self-contained colonial style cottages.
The 4 day walk cottages have an open fireplace and log burner, gas cooking, barbecue, candles for lighting, electrically heated shower, flush toilets, and a 'bath under the stars'.
Toilets and hot shower are shared with 2 day walkers.
The 2 day walk cottage is one roomed with a cottage garden, wood stove, barbeque, double mattress in the loft, gas cooking, candles for lighting, and 'bath under the stars'.
A full range of shop supplies are available at Stony Bay.
The fourth night for four day walkers, and a comfortable rest stop for two day walkers.
Set in a delightful 'out of control' organic garden, abundant with both exotic and native plants, the house is just fifty yards from a safe, sandy beach with good swimming in calm seas and great boogie boarding when the surf is up.
Kitchen and two bedrooms in house (bunkroom sleeps 6, bedroom 4), and garden sleepout for 2.
Outside double toilet/shower block.
Free coffee, tea, sugar.... and a good selection of books, magazines, indoor and outdoor games.
Otanerito Beach Tramper's Shop also has a full range of supplies.
From next season (Oct 2017 - Apr 2018) the current 4 day option will be replaced by a 3 day option.
2017/18 Season - The New Route.
Next season the route will be unchanged until you leave Stony Bay at the start of day 3. From Stony Bay, instead of heading round the coast and then up the Otanerito Valley, walkers will follow the Armstrong Valley track inland to the Stony Bay Saddle and then rejoin the Purple Peak Track down into Akoroa as they do today. The total walk will be about 27km vs the current 35km.
The walk will therefore become a three night and three day experience, with a two day option.
The third day starts on the Armstrong farm - a lovely mixture of open valley, bush and creek. Walkers then enter Hinewai and pass through a variety of different areas of both regenerating and mature bush (not dissimilar to the current experience on day 4). Highlights include Kanuka, Tree Ferns and some glorious mature Red Beech with a mixed understory of “too many natives to mention”. Parts of this track follow the route taken by the early settlers travelling between Akoroa and Stony Bay.
To get a sense of the new Day 3 watch the 90 second Youtube video by clicking here.
All the usual optional extras - private room , sleeping bags, and pack cartage will be available. The walk will cost $260 pp. The season will run from 1st October 2017 to 1st May 2018. On line booking will be available from mid May. In the meantime we are taking bookings via email enquiries to Mafi at the office firstname.lastname@example.org.